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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 19, 2010 8:08am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what DON'T you like about em'?

I agree with your take on the vocals - I personally don't mind because the music typically makes up for vocal histrionics, mumbles, or frog gargling tacks type of thing but in general I avoid putting on shows from 82-86 and 91-95 when I have friends hanging out.

And yes, after a particularly smoking Playin' in the Band winds down and Donna starts wailing I kind of look around to make sure everyone is okay. Sometimes I gotta change the music after one of those events just because I don't want people to be bracing themselves for one of these unexpected blood curtling screams because they hear Grateful Dead.

Incidentally, I just heard the perfect HYAAAAAH. It comes just after CC Rider bursts into double time, which I have never heard them do before.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-05.nak.cm.300.109393.sbeok.flac16

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Poster: ringolevio Date: Aug 19, 2010 1:43pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what DON'T you like about em'?


>Incidentally, I just heard the perfect HYAAAAAH. It comes just after CC Rider bursts into double time, which I have never heard them do before.http://www.archive.org/details/gd1981-12-05.nak.cm.300.109393.sbeok.flac16


Wow, I just listened to that - how strange! I agree the first HYAAAAA is quite pristine :)

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Poster: AltheaRose Date: Aug 19, 2010 9:13am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what DON'T you like about em'?

I'd say '83 is before Jerry turned into a frog. Still a bunch of good shows that you can bring out in public, IMO. But maybe I'm a bit immunized by exposure. I'd say '84 starts the tack gargling (though it's not like I've listened to every show in '83, so you may be right.) And ya know, there are awkward vocals hiding even in the best of years -- some of which, as you indicated, don't go HYAAAA but instead go EEEEYAAAIIIEEEEAAAIIIAAAH (Playin', playin' in the band ...)

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Poster: deadpolitics Date: Aug 19, 2010 12:54pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: So what DON'T you like about em'?

I definitely enjoy a great deal of '83 shows... especially ones with Help > Slip > Frank. Actually, 83 was the year that really got me into the 80's sound because of this song revival. I then quietly slipped into 84 with a great deal of enjoyment (Marin shows in late March, early April, Hampton 4/14, Cal Expo, Indianapolis, Worcester and Augusta shows).

But as much as I enjoyed those years, my recent listening to 81 and 82 have been more rewarding with Jerry vocals being far better. More importantly, 80-82 seems to have a lot more of his fluent twangy country blues playing that he developed to some kind of peak in 70-72 before jazzing it up in the latter years. 83, to my ears, has Jerry resorting to a more noodley, shredding style without that focused melodic approach of earlier years.

Of course, like you said, there are plenty of diamonds and rubies in the rough and I love all the eras. When the boys are on, they are ON.